4-H & Youth Development
4-H is the nation's largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people in the U.S.
In partnership with 110 universities, 4-H's life changing programs are research-backed & available through 4-H clubs, camps, afterschool & school enrichment programs in every county & parish in the U.S.
4-H gives young people experiences where they can learn by doing, grow from failure, express their ideas, and lead. We tap into their potential and empower them to become true leaders.
Montana 4-H is the youth development program of Montana State University Extension. 4-H is the largest, out-of-school youth development program in the state, reaching nearly 20,000 youth in all 56 counties and 7 reservations each year.
In 4-H, if you can dream it, you can do it! 4-H offers more than 200 different projects and learning experiences that actively engage youth while having fun. 4-H projects rely on trained adult volunteers who work with youth as partners and a resource for hands-on learning. From learning how to cook or sew, to raising an animal, conservation and robotics. 4-H offers youth a wide range of choices and opportunities for them to learn and grow.
Who can join?
Youth ages 5-8 years old by October 1st of the current 4-H year may join Cloverbuds, which is the introductory level of 4-H. This is a non-competitive, experience-based program built on the principles of age appropriate learning activities.
Youth ages 8-18 years old by October 1st of the current 4-H year may join a regular 4-H club as a full member who can enroll in several different projects of their choosing. Individuals older than 18 years of age who have special needs still enrolled in high school are eligible to participate in 4-H.
Adults 19+ years old are welcomed and encouraged to become volunteers. The level and time commitment varies per individual volunteer and the opportunities to volunteer are limitless.
New Volunteers: It is required that you complete a background check prior to enrollment. Please contact our office for detailed instructions.
The 4-H Motto
"To make the best better." was proposed in 1927 by Miss Carrie Harrison, botanist in the Bureau of Plant Industry, and was adopted by the leaders.
The 4-H Colors
The official colors of 4-H are green and white. Green is nature's most common color and stands for springtime, life, youth and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.
The 4-H Slogan
"Learn by doing."